Practical format easy to implement and maintain
Site Safe’s Safety by Steps — Building Safer Systems is exactly what it says — a system that allows companies to work through it step-by-step — a safety plan that is structured specifically for small-to-medium sized businesses.
It is set out in a practical format to allow the establishment of a safety plan for companies that is easy to implement and maintain.
Companies have an obligation to ensure they provide a safe and healthy workplace and to demonstrate a commitment to safety and health to employees, their families, clients and subcontractors.
A business needs a way of recording how it goes about complying with its obligations under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, such as hazard management, information and training, incident recording and investigation, and emergency preparedness.
While there is no legal requirement to keep written records of such things, they will help to show how the business is managing health and safety, in the same way that financial records show how well the business is doing in that respect.
Safety should include employees, and management should encourage employees to become involved in planning safety and to get their support towards building a safety culture.
What is Safety by Steps?
Identifying a safety system that works is not always easy. Businesses have individual needs so it’s fair to say that one system does not suit all.
And some systems can be overwhelmingly complex which can sometimes result in a safety plan gathering dust on the bookshelf or acting as a good doorstop.
Safety by Steps is not simply a safety plan that companies work their way through alone. One of its key features is that the dedicated services of a Site Safe Safety Advisor for up to four hours consultancy time are available to help develop and implement the plan.
This allows the safety plan to be customised and specifically developed to suit individual business operations.
It consists of a two file system — the first specifically manages office administration and operational issues. Some of the forms, templates and information contained in this file includes:
Health & Safety Policy
Employee Induction and Training
Subcontractor Management Info
Communication and Consultation
Safe Work Procedures
Safety Performance Monitoring
Hazard Identification, Risk
Assessment and Control
PPE register and issuing form
Plant and Equipment Registers
The second file is a site folder for retaining in the site office or vehicle. This allows easy access to information that is relevant to the particular project that is being worked on.
Some of the forms, templates and information in this file includes:
General Hot Works
Toolbox Safety Tips and Meetings
Full range of safety and hazard registers
In most circumstances an initial working session of three hours is recommended, followed up a few weeks later with a further one hour session.
And, naturally, if additional advice and support is required this can be organised with a Site Safe Safety Advisor.
Safety by Steps is $850 + GST for four hours of one-on-one support from a Safety Advisor, along with a set of comprehensive safety information. Also included in the pack is a CD containing all templates for future use.
Additional site folders can be purchased for a nominal fee if you have more than one job on the go.
Establishing an effective safety system will improve productivity and bottom line, so contact a local Site Safe Safety Advisor for more information.